Posidonia 2012: An Exhibition for the Global Shipping Community in Athens – June 4-8.

Posted: June 3, 2012 by acerentacargreece in Uncategorized
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It is the most eagerly anticipated event in the maritime calendar, a must-attend forum for the global shipping community. Carrying almost symbolic connotations for Greece’s most prolific of industry sectors it combines business, networking and recreation all in one package.

The ultimate biennial shipping trade event is once again on our doorstep, albeit a different one; for the first time in its 43 year-long history, its thousands of exhibitors and visitors will go through the gates of the Metropolitan Expo Centre, the state-of-the-art exhibition venue near Athens’ Eleftherios Venizelos InMaternational Airport. Spanning 46,000 square meters, the venue will further improve the image and appeal of Posidonia as the shipping industry’s finest forum and be able to comfortably accommodate exhibitors and the anticipated 17,000 visitors from nearly 90 countries who will come to Greece specifically for the exhibition. This is the fourth venue to host the exhibition following Zappeion, which hosted the first four editions in the 60s and 70s, the Passenger Terminal of OLP in Piraeus which hosted Posidonia from 1976 until 2004, before it moved to the Hellenicon Exhibition Centre at Athens’ old international airport site.

For almost half a century, Posidonia keeps constantly reinventing itself. This year in particular, apart from the switch to a new venue, the organizers are introducing the very first Posidonia Conference and Seminars program, a comprehensive schedule of meetings designed to bring together decision-makers and thought leaders from a wide range of shipping industry sectors to discuss financing, shipbuilding, technology and environmental policies. The program will take place within the fully equipped halls and seminar rooms of the conference facilities of the Metropolitan Expo Centre.

And the busy recreational calendar of the Posidonia week has been enriched this year with the inclusion of the Posidonia Golf Tournament, which joins sailing and football as the third sporting event Posidonia exhibitors and visitors can participate in. Teeing off at the idyllic environment of the Glyfada Golf Course, next to Athens’ picturesque waterfront, the tournament is expected to create new networking opportunities for attendees of the world’s most prestigious maritime affair.
“Posidonia has grown from strength to strength and keeps adding fresh components to enhance the overall experience of our exhibitors and visitors and maximize the potential networking and new business opportunities of the forum,” said Theo Vokos, Project Director, Posidonia Exhibitions S.A.

“The success and global appeal of Posidonia that has fuelled its journey of the past five decades is mainly due to the consistent pursuit for perfection and differentiation from other events which target the same audience. I guess Posidonia carries with it a tradition which is associated with Greece’s rich seafaring heritage and the unique aura of being the home event of the Greek Shipping Industry”.

“But we never stand still and relax; we want to be able to constantly upgrade and update the event with the latest thinking in conference organising while keeping it relevant and aligned with the latest developments in the shipping industry,” he said.
In fact, it is the collective might of the Greek shipowning community that has the light-house effect guiding maritime industry professionals from all over the world to Greece every two years for this shipping forum. Greek shipowners last year invested more than US$8.5 billion on newbuildings as their floating portfolio continues to grow in its bid to maintain a global lead in terms of dwt for years to come.

Everyone will be there. From the shipbuilding champions of the Far East to the technological leaders of Western Europe and from the financial and insurance majors of the UK and the US to international emerging maritime debutants eager for new business opportunities and networking; they will all embark on their thousands to Athens this June with the mission to meet, greet and do business as they deem to be fit with the captains of the Greek shipping industry.

And they will bring along their experts, unique selling propositions, products and services for a networking experience that will start at the minute they land at the Athens International Airport till the time they check-in for the return flight back home. In between, they will attend a hectic schedule of networking, introductory or follow up meetings, presentations, seminars, conferences on top of pursuing their own companies’ commercial and marketing objectives.

“Posidonia is much more than an exhibition,” said Vokos. “It is a shipping industry institution, a forum of multiple platforms that transcends narrow commercial targets and marketing objectives. The event provides a truly dynamic environment that acts as a catalyst for growth and enabler of aspirations.” he added.

Posidonia is also very rewarding for the Greek economy. Beyond the obvious benefits to Greek shipping and the image and reputation of the country as a destination for major international trade events, the local economy in Athens expects a windfall of some Euro 50 million to be generated throughout the Posidonia week by exhibitor and visitor spending on hotels, restaurants, hospitals, events, stand construction, transportation of exhibits, etc.

Posidonia 2012 is sponsored by the Greek Ministry of Development, Competitiveness and Shipping, the Municipality of Piraeus, the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping, the Union of Greek Shipowners, the Greek Shipping Co-operation Committee, the Hellenic Shortsea Shipowners’ Association and the Association of Greek Passenger Shipping Companies.

You can download the brochure of Posidonia 2012 here

The Posidonia 2012 Programme:

Posidonia Cup 2012: 1 June 2012
Posidonia Golf Tournament 2012: 3 June 2012
Posidonia Shipsoccer Tournament 2012: 3 June 2012
Posidonia Opening Ceremony: 4 June 2012 (by invitation only)
Posidonia 2012 Exhibition: 4-8 June 2012


Access to the Posidonia Exhibition is free of charge, however visitors are encouraged to register online prior to their arrival at the venue, to assure quick entry to the exhibition.  Online registration is available.

The Shuttle bus schedule will be announced closer to the exhibition, and will provide access to the venue from various locations in Athens and the major hotels. There will be a frequent shuttle bus service from the Athens Airport to the Metropolitan Expo. A taxi service will also be available at the Posidonia exhibition.

The Posidonia Cup yacht race is the keenly contested, popular and exciting launch to Posidonia week. Organised by Posidonia Exhibitions in association with the Hellenic Offshore Racing Club, this will be the sixth year of the event, once again exclusively sponsored by Lloyd’s Register.

The five-a-side Posidonia Shipsoccer Tournament was hugely popular at Posidonia 2010, with 16 international teams competing in front of an enthusiastic crowd at the spectacular Karaiskakis Stadium. 2012 will be the third year of this competition.

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